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Title: ... p90 - Kevin Tamati,play midweek for the Randwick NZ club by Colin Mckenzie, Christchurch

Kevin returned to New Zealand during a UK offseason in the 1980's to play for an Auckland club


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Colin Mckenzie, Christchurch New Zealand


1980's off season


Kevin returned to New Zealand during a UK offseason in the 1980's to play for an Auckland club side and then flew down to Wellington to play midweek for the Randwick club.

The Kingfishers, a fine-ball playing side were up against Eastern Suburbs who had a feared pack of giant forwards led by former Kiwis Whetu and Whare Henry.

Kevin carried out a one-man running war with Suburbs for 80 minutes-he took his share of lumps (he played hooker that night which wouldn't made the task any easer) as Randwick won the penalty count and the game and he returned to Auckland for another game in a couple of days - yes, this was in his off-season!

I feel a bit guilty joining in the painting of KT as a hardman as like Kurt Sorenson they were also extremely fine footballers as many of the players on the list were.

(QUIGS HERE...Thanks Colin and yes I agree 100% with you about the quality of the players in the Hardmen and Heroes list. But my point is the toughness of the players of that era was also a major part of their armour....if that makes sense. They set about putting fear or overpowering their opponents..... i.e. as you described in your story, when mentioning the Henry Boys. Mate I loved the skill factor of these supreme footballers. ....)

Appears in the following pages ....P90_Kevin TAMATI
Date of posting ... 05-May-2003
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